Rafting

No matter what river you decide to raft, what class rapids you ride, or how long your trip, the sights, sounds, smells, and emotions from that experience will cling to your memory forever. Colorado boasts some of the world’s finest whitewater. Sage offers guided raft trips on many wild rivers nestled deep in the rugged Rocky Mountains, such as the Arkansas, Eagle, Colorado, and more. To us, the river is plenty more than a recreational mogul, the river runs in our blood. This is our lifestyle. Come out with our fervent guides and allow yourself to spend this day simply messing around in boats!

*Sage Outdoor Adventures is operating under special use permits by the White River National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Sage Outdoor Adventures is an equal opportunity service provider.

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TXUpper Colorado // class II // Colorado River

The ideal trip for explorers of all ages. Discover Colorado’s beauty as you travel through scenic canyons, play in swimming holes, and splash through waves.

Season: May – October

DURATION // 4.5 Hours
MINIMUM AGE Raft // 2 Years Old

 

Upper Colorado (class II)

Pick Up Time: 9:30AM

$89 Adult (13 years and up)

$79 Kids (7-12)

$49 Youth (6 years and under)

Upper Colorado (class II)

Pick Up Time: 2:30PM

$89 Adult (13 years and up)

$79 Kids (7-12)

$49 Youth (6 years and under)

TXDUCKIE TRIP // class II // Colorado River

Adventure on the mighty Colorado in your very own duckie (2 person inflatable kayak) Discover Colorado’s beauty as you travel through scenic canyons, play in swimming holes, and splash through waves. This watercraft gets you up close and personal with the river, and you are the captain! There is a guide nearby of course!

Season: May – October

DURATION // 4.5 Hours
MINIMUM AGE alone in Duckie // 14 years old
MINIMUM AGE passenger in Duckie // 8 years old (depending on water flows)

DUCKIE TRIP (class II)

Pick Up Time: 9:30AM

$99 (13 & older)

$89 (8-12 years old)

DUCKIE TRIP (class II)

Pick Up Time: 2:30PM

$99 (13 & older)

$89 (8-12 years old)

TXShoshone // class III // Colorado River

Two Boats

Class III rapids deep in the crevice of world renowned Glenwood Canyon for the first section, and then a jaw dropping class II scenic float into the heart of historic Glenwood Springs. This trip is ideal for families. If you have some yougsters below the age of 8, no problem, they can get shuttled around the first section of rapids and then join the trip at Grizzly Creek. Floating through this sacred canyon is not to be missed! Excitement, history, and geology around every bend.

Season: July –  Mid October

3/4 DAY DURATION // 6.5 Hours, Riverside Lunch Included
1/2 DAY PM DURATION // 5.5 Hours, snack & refreshments included
1/2 DAY PM TRIPLE THRILLER // 5 Hours, 3 laps through RAPIDS ONLY

STANDARD MINIMUM AGE // 8 Years Old & 50 lbs for rapids // 5 yrs old & 30lbs to join at Grizzly Creek

 

Shoshone (class III)

Pick Up Time: 9 AM (3/4 Day with Lunch)

$119 Adult (13 years and up)

$99 Kids (8-12)

Shoshone (class III)

Pick Up Time: 1:30 PM (Half Day)

$109 Adult (13 years and up)

$99 Kids (8-12)

Shoshone (class III)

Pick Up Time: 1:30 PM (Half Day TRIPLE THRILLER / 3 laps through RAPIDS ONLY)

$119 Adult (13 years and up)

$99 Kids (8-12)

TXGore Creek // class III // Gore Creek

Vail’s true local stretch of water. Raft through the heart of Vail Village! Surf waves and play holes are interspersed with fun rapids. Breathtaking scenery of the Gore Range. Enjoy Vail from a whole new perspective! 6 miles on the water.

Season:  May – June

15 minutes prior to trip, guests must meet at Sage’s Lionshead shop at the West end of the pedestrian mall in Lionshead Village in the Montaneros Hotel Building. – 641 W. Lionshead Circle.

DURATION // 3 Hours
MINIMUM AGE // 9 Years Old  (depending on water flows)

Gore Creek (class III)

Pick Up Time: 8:45 AM Meet at Lionshead Shop

$89 Adult (13 years and up)

$79 Kids (10-12)

Gore Creek (class III)

Pick Up Time: 11:45 PM Meet at Lionshead Shop

$89 Adult (13 years and up)

$79 Kids (10-12)

Gore Creek (class III)

Pick Up Time: 2:45 PM Meet at Lionshead Shop

$89 Adult (13 years and up)

$79 Kids (10-12)

TXLower Eagle // class III // Eagle River

Rear view wave crush

Our favorite rafting trip in the state while this section is flowing!! One of the few un-dammed rivers still left in the west. Fed purely on snowmelt from the rugged Gore mountain range, the Lower Eagle River flows through a 2000 foot tall canyon, has towering cottonwood trees that reach all the way over the river and touch at the tops, features big fun class III rapids throughout, and its only minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek. This is the quintessential Colorado rafting trip. The sweet aroma of choke cherry bushes mixed with the pungent pine and willows will have your senses peaked as you immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Colorado Wilderness.

Season: May –  Early July

DURATION // 4 hours (+/- depending on water flow)
MINIMUM AGE // 8 Years Old & 50 lbs (depending on water flows)

Lower Eagle (class III)

Pick Up Time: 9 AM

$99 Adult (13 years and up)

$89 Kids (8-12)

Lower Eagle (class III)

Pick Up Time: 2 PM

$99 Adult (13 years and up)

$89 Kids (8-12)

TXBrown’s Canyon // class III // Arkansas River

 

The Most famous Class lll whitewater in the western U.S. Paddle rapids like Zoom Flume, Pinball, Widow Maker, Toilet Bowl, Meat Grinder, and Raft Ripper while drifting through the jaw dropping Brown’s Canyon National Monument. This semi arid desert landscape is unique in all the world, a guaranteed highlight! 10 miles on the water.

Season: June – Mid August
FULL DAY DURATION // 8 Hours, Riverside Lunch Included
STANDARD MINIMUM AGE // 8 Years Old & 50 lbs***

Brown’s Canyon (class III)

Pick Up Time: 8:30 AM (Full Day)

$119 Adult (13 years and up)

$99 Kids (8-12)

TXThe Numbers // class IV // Arkansas River

Addie smile back of wave

Experienced boaters’ favorite run! Great Class lV rapids, very continuous whitewater with spectacular views, if you have time to look up! You want this trip to go on forever! 7 miles on the water.

Ability to swim, and fitness required.

Season: Early July  –  Mid August
3/4 DAY DURATION // 6 Hours, Gourmet Lunch at Sage Cafe included.
STANDARD MINIMUM AGE // 15 Years Old

The Numbers (class IV)

Pick Up Time: 8:30 AM (3/4 Day)

$119 Adult (16 years and up)

TXDowd Chute // class IV // Eagle River

 

Summer Activities

Bigtime action on our local alpine river! Paddle thundering rapids through “The Chute”, “River Run Rapid”, “Shop and Hop drop”, “Joe Dirt Drop”, “Owl Rapid”, “The Edwards Mile” and many more, with continuous class IV whitewater as the gradient of the river steadily drops for miles. Arguably some of the best whitewater in the state while in season. 13 miles on the water.

Ability to swim, and fitness required.

Season: May –  Early July

DURATION // 4 Hours (+/- depending on water flow)
STANDARD MINIMUM AGE // 16 Years Old

Dowd Chute (class IV)

Pick Up Time: 9 AM

$99 Adult (16 years and up)

Dowd Chute (class IV)

Pick Up Time: 2 PM

$99 Adult (16 years and up)

TXPine Creek / Numbers // class IV-V // Arkansas River

Put in is super convenient, right at our Granite Outpost on the Arkansas River. Rip through the Granite Gorge ( class III/IV), Pine Creek (Class V), and finish the day off with the Numbers section (class IV). This is the ultimate in extreme whitewater. Pine Creek has some of the steepest commercially rafted waters in the U.S. Big and technical. Guides will determine whether each group is capable of running Pine Creek Rapid itself, after a mandatory group “scouting” session from shore. Upon gear up you get a pre paddling snack, made fresh each day from our restaurant on site, and then after working up a large appetite throughout the 3 hours on the water, we’ll sit down for a gourmet lunch after the trip. 12 miles on the water.

Season: July –  Mid August

DURATION FULL DAY // 7 Hours, Gourmet Lunch at Sage Cafe included.
DURATION HALF DAY // 4 Hours
MINIMUM AGE // 16 Years Old

Pine Creek / Numbers (class IV-V)

Pick Up Time: 8:30 AM (Full Day)

$149 Adult (16 years and up)

TXPrivate Rafting Trips

All of the above trips are group activities. If you would like for your party to have its own guide and transportation, we can do that!

Call us for pricing.
970.476.3700

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Eagle River Near Avon, CO
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What we provide

All personal river gear no extra charge
  • Wetsuit
  • River Booties
  • Splashtop
  • PFD
  • Helmet

What you should bring

  • Swimsuit
  • Fleece on cold days
  • Dry Clothes
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses W/ Croakies
  • Sunscreen

Complimentary Pick Up

"DO NOT miss this company and this rafting experience in Colorado!"

5 out of 5
Reviewed August 1, 2015

We experienced our first white water rafting trip with Sage this past July, and it was truly one of those experiences that will be a favorite lifetime memory. We went rafting with our two children (ages 4 and 7) and my in-laws (active in their 60s).
THE ADMINISTRATION: Sage answered lots of questions for us when originally booking the trip, such as my concern that our 4 year old would be bored on the river for 2 hours, and what we should and shouldn't bring. The cost of the trip was very reasonable (I would've paid more - the experience was THAT enriching for everyone).

THE DRIVE: The Sage bus picked us up promptly at 8:40AM with Britt and Laurel on the bus (Mike I believe was driving?) and after picking up a few more passengers, we were on a 50 minute drive to the river, nestled in what we learned was the alpine desert in Colorado. Britt and Laurel gave us advice what to bring (we had rain jackets which they said would be too hot -- though they were thin they warned the river would warm up and they were right!), and they pointed out a bunch of fascinating landmarks in the terrain, like a rock they call "Wizard Rock" and a place where, when the sun hits it, casts a perfect seahorse-shaped shadow on the face of a mountain. We had no idea that ride itself to get to the river would be so enjoyable and full of education for everyone in our party. We were dropped off at our hotel by 1:30PM.

THE GUIDE: After a brief safety session once we arrived, everyone put on their PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices) and we were assigned a raft with our guide, Caleb. He was incredible. He was friendly, answered tons of questions, and gave us 2 hours full of rafting 101 information as well as an education on the surrounding environment. We learned why water forms whirlpools (edy walls), what kind of willow was on the shoreline, how the rapids change, what training he undergoes, and too much information to list. He was kind, patient with our kids, friendly, and just a person you could tell who loved his job and the company he worked for.

THE RAFTING: The best part of the trip was of course the rafting. We chose a class I/class II trip, which meant our guide Caleb was the only one rowing, and we just floated along for the ride. There were about 4-5 sections that were "class II" which meant small rapids, and each of these sections lasted no more than 30-40 seconds. It was just enough to get a beginner's trip under our belt, and we were craving more more more from the first moments on the river. Each raft has 'duckies' (inflatable kayaks) and a tube that you can opt to ride at any point during the 2 hour trip. Our 7 and 4 year old both took turns riding in the tube, which was attached to the raft, so it was simple for anyone to do. Our 7 year old was brave enough to get in the tube ahead of a class II section (Caleb was SURE to tell us when it was and wasn't safe for her to get in) and she had the ride of her life. It was peaceful, invigorating, beautiful and one of the best outdoor experiences I've ever had.

The scenery, the professionalism, the value, and the way Sage is run, I wouldn't hesitate to go back to them when we visit Colorado again one day. We will be ready for class II/III next time and can't wait. Thank you to Sage for truly showing us what Colorado has to offer with its inherent beauty and sense of adventure!

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